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Pubs of note - The Dovetail Farringdon

written on 24 Nov 2009

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After a few too many martinis around East London on a cold November night, we were looking for some hearty food ideally paired with copious amounts of beer to wash it down. After dismissing the nearby Zetter and The Modern Pantry (for lack of heartiness and beer), I remembered the obvious solution, The Dovetail.

A Belgian bar set in a little alleyway called Jerusalem Passage, it really recalls to me the proper little beer establishments of Bruges (like Staminee de Garre). It has a fairly simple food menu, the best of which I would suggest is the sausages and mash. We opted for Springbok (a bit like Venison I suppose) since all the pork was sold out, and they were delicious.

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However the beers were the star of the show really, pages upon pages of Belgian beer to choose from and plenty of draught as well as tap beer. I was in the mood for dark beer, being a cold Winter night. Initially I opted for the draught Brugse Zot Dubbel, this was quite sweet and caramel tasting, not really the rich flavour I was after that evening but still a good well rounded beer.

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Next was a Belgian Guinness which sounded too intriguing not to try. It was labelled as a Special Export Stout from the St James Gate Brewery so maybe it is made in Ireland? It was rich and very dark with the 8% alcohol giving it a deep flavour, most satisfying (they didn't have a glass for it unfortunately though).

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